Thursday, March 5, 2015

The CCEE Stampers Go WILD

As the month of March came in like a lion (around New England, at least), so does our weekly challenge.  Anne, our hostess for the CCEE Stampers challenged us to go wild with lion or wild animal images.

After some hard thinking, I remembered I had this stamp set from Mark's Finest Papers which would perfectly fit the bill.  I used the lion image and the birthday sentiment from this set.  I added some layers and some paper piecing to finish the card, along with 3 brads.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Stampers Blog to see the wild creations by the rest of this very talented and friendly team.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Crazies Play with Water......

Well today the Crazy4Challenges DT will celebrate the 2 Zodiac signs of February... Aquarius and Pisces.  They have something in common... both are water signs! 

I went CAS with this wonderful sea image and sentiment from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  U ysed MFT dies to cut my pendants, and then I added piercing around the edges of the card.  Pretty EZ-PZ.

Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see the other water inspired creations by the DT.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The CCEE Stampers -- Inlaid Die Cuts

Sabrina, the CCEE Stampers hostess for February is a technique savvy stamper.  This week she challenged us to use the inlaid die cut technique.  You can find a tutorial on this technqiue at Splitcoaststampers.

I went CAS with mine.  I have had, unfortunately, a need for sympathy cards, and my stash is very low, so I wanted to keep this clean and crisp for a serene sympathy card.  I used a fern die (I think it is from Cherry Lynn Designs, but am not sure)  along with a Spellbinders circle die.  I didn't exactly do it as the tutorial instructed, but my results are the same.  I added a sentiment from Hero Arts and some paper piercing around the edges.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Blog to see the fabulous inlaid die creations by the rest of this fabulous team.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sketch for the Crazies

It is the third challenge of the month, so our February Crazy4Challenges hostess, Kelli, has given us a fab sketch to play with.

I went very clean and simple with the sketch, using embossing in place of the two horizontal panels, and leaving off two small elements of the design.  I have unfortunately needed several sympathy cards lately, so I prefer them to be less 'busy' than other cards.  My image is by Penny Black and my sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Be sure to see the fab creations created from this sketch at the Crazies Blog.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Moonstruck with the CCEE Stampers

Sabrina is our hostess for February for the CCEE Stampers Challenge.  Here is her challenge....

Interestingly, because February is a short month, there can actually be years in which there is no full moon at all. The last time this happened was 1999, the next time will be 2018. So while this isn’t one of those years - feature the moon on your cards.

 I have, unfortunately, needed a lot of sympathy cards recently, so I headed in that direction.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Stampers Blog to see the moonstruck creations of the rest of the team.

Thursday, February 12, 2015


Sabrina is the hostess for the CCEE Stampers in February.  This week the theme was PEARLS.  You could go simple as I did and use pearls, or you could do any of the fabulous pearl techniques.  You can find many of these techniques at

I really like white on white cards whether using die cuts or stamps.  Today I used a flower stamp from Penny Black along with an unlabelled sentiment.  I did shade the flowers a bit with gray Copics, but that does not seem to show in the photo (at least my weak peepers can't see it).  I also used a MS punch for the border, some self adhesive pearls, and an embossing folder.  I then added a corner detail of piercing.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Blog as I am sure my fellow DT members have used a variety of techniques. can always play along with us.  The CCEE Blog post will give you the details on how to post your card.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Crazies Hearts on Display

These dang cloudy and snowy days are making all my photos muddy, especially the white ones.  This is a crisp white in real life.

Anyhoooooo......Crazy4Challenges has a new hostess this month.  Kelli Hull has challenged us to make Valentines Cards, and if possible, to send them to our mothers.

I used an old Hero Arts heart stamp with a sentiment also from Hero Arts.  I pierced a frame around the edges with some corner piercing as well.  CAS it is.

Be sure to check out the Crazies Blog to see the heart creations by the rest of the team.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Crazies Go Masculine

\This is Peggy's last week as our January hostess.  This week she asked the Crazy4Challenges DT to make a masculine birthday card for our stash.  I am always in need of masculine cards, so I gladly accepted the challenge.

We have been inundated with snow this week, so I decided to think tropical with this image stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms.  The sentiment stamp is from My Favorite Things.  I used an Impression Obsession die to creat the white frame and a SU punch for the sentiment circle and the circles behind the brads.

Be sure to go to the Crazies Blog to be inspired by the masculine creations by this talented team.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The CCEE Stampers Play with Bleach

Vicky has been the hostess for the CCEE Stampers Challenge for the month of January.  For her last challenge this month she asked us to use the 'bleach technique'.  I have done this technique before and loved the results, so this was one technique challenge I did not dread......however, I should have known that things can still go wrong.

I heat embossed my image and started 'painting' the bleach on my petal areas.  I had chosen Pumpkin Pie as my cardstock as I had wonderful results in the past.  However, after applying bleach a few times and letting it dry or heat drying it, the bleached area is not very different from the original color.  I think my bleach may be old.  We rarely use bleach in our house, so it is probably several years old.  So when you see that my color difference is very small, please understand the problem.

However, I still like the effect and the technique, so thanks to Vicky for getting me out of my comfort zone once again.

Now be sure to go and see the fabulous results achieved by the rest of this wonderful DT at the CCEE Blog.